As a leader, you are responsible for keeping your team informed. Here are some key traits of an effective communicator:

  • Active listener - you make an effort to listen to your colleagues, acknowledge that they have been heard, and ask follow up questions before generating an opinion of your own
  • Open to feedback - you encourage suggestions from your colleagues and are responsive to opportunities for improvement
  • Conscious - you think before you speak, ensuring that your words are approriate to the situation
  • Consistent - you communicate with your team on an ongoing basis, not only at team meetings, performance reviews, and disciplinary meetings

Internal Communications

The resources below can assist you in keeping up with the latest College policies, practices, and initiatives. You may also submit requests should you need to communicate out to the greater community.

  • myLangara - stay up to date with myLangara. myLangara is an online employee hub with links to important resources such as policies, college forms, and employee news. You can also add your event to the Events Calendar (contact your Communications Officer to do so). 
  • The Langara Post - The Langara Post is Langara's employee newsletter that is available online and is also sent out every Tuesday morning direct to your inbox. Contact or your Communications Officer to get your article listed. 

Encourage your employees to make use of the resources listed above. Tip: don't forget to highlight any changes, implementations, or initiatives that are relevant to your group in your scheduled team meetings. Face-to-face meetings are a great way to communicate high-level or sensitive news and updates. 

Effective Team Meetings

Visit the Campus and Facilities section of this toolkit to learn about the meeting room booking process. Here are some key considerations to make when coordinating a meeting for your team:

  • Do you have an objective? 
  • What is your agenda?
  • Who needs to attend?

Leaders often host regular team meetings to "touch base" with their teams, an effective way to keep the group connected. However, if there is no objective for the meeting, then the time may be better spent elsewhere. Set a clear agenda for the meeting ahead of time, and ask your team for suggestions. This will ensure that your meeting serves a purpose. Once you have a tentative agenda set, determine who needs to be there. While it is great to involve everyone, it may not always be necessary. Ask someone at the meeting to take minutes that account for any action items discussed. Share the minutes with your team, so that everyone can reflect upon the key items discussed and remind themselves of their responsibilities.